Finally! The Road Taken/WPC/SundaySampler

The Road Taken

We’ve had our driveway blocked for about 2 months. January 8th to be precise; the water main broke sending a river down the road. With no warning, the cavalry arrived to patch it up on Wednesday.

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The Road Taken – Literally

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Another road taken down the Katy Trail with one of myĀ daughters and husband. At least I didn’t receive bunny ears (eyes rolling).

Some more of our walk on the scenic Katy Trail.

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Another Road Taken with my neice to my favorite section of any store – The Fabric Section! Let me just say this is a gigantic step for the next generation. Fabric purchasing and selection is an unknown territory for many of them. I’m beaming here if you can’t tell!

And guess what?! She sews! Zach you have a good catch…. but I’m sure you know that šŸ™‚

Back to the subject at hand.

Our 3-generation project has begun. Above are the fabric choices she made, the blocks that she and my mother cut out, and the sampleĀ arrangement suggestions I sent to her via cell phone. We’re making a special something to use in her July 1 wedding. Can’t tell you what we’re using this for yet, but I can tell you she chose view #2. I am in total agreement.

Have a Wonderful Rest of Your Sunday!!

Part 2- Years Bound Together

Sunday Sampler

I’m pleased to present Part 2 of the ‘Years Bound Together‘ project completed by my eldest daughter and myself last Sunday.

We decided on a layout.

The Layout

sorry for being redundant.

Before the clipThis gives you a view of the way the blocks are sewn together.

  • You need 2 equal-sized blocks, 1 front and 1 back. Our back blocks are 100% cotton.
  • It’s important to place each block set with wrong sides together.
  • While sewing, the back sides will be facing right sides together.
  • You’ll have 4 layers of blocks.
  • This results in theĀ seam exposed to the front.
  • This seam is to be clipped carefully. Don’t clip past the stitch or you may have issues after washing.
  • If you do clip past the stitching, go back before washing and give it a little reinforcement with a zig zag stitch or two. No one will see this šŸ™‚finished rag quilt

 

We used some of the odd sizes for the top and bottom border. Some of these border pieces are from polo shirts that were details about past offices held. You could easily use any decorative or plain piece of a t-shirt that would give you a border. Be creative!

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Playing around with color editing really brings out the chevron design of the backing. ItĀ isĀ Shiny šŸ™‚ Ā Even after washing.

Quote that seems to go with this project: 
Memories are the architecture of our identity. (Author Unknown)

Hope your Father’s Day 2016 is filled with beautiful memories!

Quilt Names/ Letter Q

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A page excerpt from the journal dated July 2002.

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I let my daughter name this one as it tells in the entry.

Quilts are known usually by their quilt blocks used. Since this one used all hand-cut appliques created by myself, I chose to give its entire composition the name. I have a similar one hanging in my bedroom above my bed in navy and white. IMG_4851a (2)

Made for a full/queen sized bed.

Hand quilted and hand appliqued.

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Signature not the neatest looking on this printed Chantilly lace-type yellow backing. I love yellow. The name chosen by who knows because I didn’t document this one. Until now. šŸ˜‰

The 3rd applique quilt, also undocumented & the last in the applique trilogy. Ā I will only post a picture for you. Keeping with the A to Z quick-reading plan.quilt3

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I Try to Live a Pieceful Life/Letter P

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For today’s post, just sharing a sampling of some pieced blocks I’ve acquired.

These were some of my youngest daughter’s first quilt blocks. She saved them in a little sewing box and when music became her new love,

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Last night’s final performance for the 81st season of the Sedalia Symphony. My baby girl plays the violin šŸ™‚

she gave them to me. I have a little secretĀ plan for them šŸ˜‰IMG_4818a.jpg

 

These were experiments. Top one from watching a PBS show. It’s a bit wonky (quilter term). The bottom is from an online free pattern. A star of sorts, the web address is probably gone by now. This was before Windows came out. I’m old.

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I’d enter these into ugliest quilt blocks category. They need to be made into a potholder? Maybe dismantled.

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Make Quilting Tax Deductible/ Letter M

If only…

I Mentioned back at “Letter J” that I had uncovered the old quilt journal. I guess it’s time toĀ  Make good on letting you see some of the contents. Specifically My first quilt entry.

Letter M a to z

As you can see, it’s not old by some standards;Ā  not even vintage.Ā But it’s where I started, or nearly. I have one quilt top I’m neglecting that I may post at a later date. Probably not for this challenge, but eventually.

When I made this quilt, there weren’t Pinterest pictures or Google, Bloggers orĀ You TubeĀ to ask questions. I didn’t even have a family member who was an avid quilter (to my knowledge). I can honestly say I was wingin’ it. Glad I didn’t get too discouraged because quilting has become a part of my life I find very gratifying.

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Just Tie A String/ Letter J

I recently rediscovered my quilting journal.File_006 (1) (2)It’s really a wonderful tool to

  • keep track of what happened first, second, etc.
  • document mistakes you learned from the project
  • help you reach a goal
  • prove ownership (yes, people steal quilts)
  • inspire another aspiring quilter
  • keep a history to pass on to your future generations.

There are probably a few reasons it was put aside other than that I had to move my sewing room to the basement. It’s called the computer and digital photography/cameras for one. Having a few too many irons in the fire could be (and probably is) Number Two. Then there’s the time factor. The time between making a quilt can be pretty lengthy which would lead to my forgetting about theĀ documentation part. Well, whatever. Shame on me. BecauseĀ finding this little piece of the past makes me a little nostalgic. If I’d kept it up, I could have used it for the A to Z.

Maybe I’ll begin printing the project photos again and inserting them in this for next year?? And so I remember, guess I’ll just tie a string around my finger?

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Introducing…… My Mother!!

 

Windsor Toy And Craft Show December 2013

Windsor Toy And Craft Show December 2013

It’s time to let you in on my big news!!! My mother joined my Etsy shop this summer and I am very proud to display her items for sale!

Raggedy Ann by Eileen

Raggedy Ann by Eileen

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Hand Embroidered Flour Sack Towels

She’s my teacher when it comes to sewing and embroidery, canning, and making jelly & jam. In our community, her jellies and jams are much sought after year round. She’s currently working on some Cherry jam. It won’t sit on her shelf long. We have our first craft show on August 30th and I would take bets on whether she sells out. Cherry and Gooseberry are her top sellers.

So local people, get in line early. You won’t be disappointed!

My next question….Can I get her to sell JamsĀ online??? We shall see. šŸ™‚